The Constellation team was invited to develop a workshop on improvement in trade show and exhibit marketing programs for a meeting of the GA TSEA chapter. Our approach was to use our “self-assessment” tool with chapter members and present the results and recommendations at the meeting.
The Constellation Marketing Self-Assessment asks a series of very specific questions related to event marketing best practices. We took the opportunity to update our questionnaire to include questions facing the event marketing industry today, such as effective use of social and digital media. The areas addressed included: Target Marketing, Message Development, Exhibit/Event Effectiveness, Promotion Value and ROI Measurement and Continuous Improvement.
We sent a series of emails to chapter participants encouraging them to complete their self-assessment. Upon completion they received a print-out of their results, showing their individual areas of strength (best practices) and opportunities for improvement. Participants were encouraged to bring copies of their results to the chapter meeting for discussion.
Our team tabulated the results of the group to identify the areas of common strengths and improvement needs. The most consistently identified need was to address the disconnect between the sales and event marketing teams regarding event strategy, tactics and leads.
Once the group understood where they could improve, they wanted to know how to improve and they resolved to use their identified common needs for improvement to determine agendas for future chapter meetings. For example, the lack of effective communication between sales and marketing teams topic led to an idea for a panel comprised of sales managers and marketing managers. The panel would serve to find out how to create a synergy between sales and marketing to effectively achieve successful events and ultimately achieve organizational objectives.
Our study of membership needs was enlightening. We use this same tool to identify likely improvement needs with new clients. You can take this self -assessment of event marketing effectiveness yourself at no cost and without obligation. Just follow this link, complete the assessment and you will be able to print a list of your most valuable improvement opportunities. You might want to use these questions as the basis for internal discussions with your colleagues or management, or as the basis for a team meeting. Asking the right questions of the right people is one of the most effective research techniques an event manager or consultant can utilize.
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